More on illegal immigration
Here's an essay by Thomas Sowell on the deliberately twisted, Orwellian rhetoric and rationalizations of the pro-illegal immigration crowd ("Guests or Gate Crashers"):
What if bank robbers who were caught were simply told to give the money back and not do it again? What if murderers who were caught were turned loose and warned not to kill again? Would that be proof that it is futile to take action, when no action was taken?
Michelle Malkin has the goods on the Los Angeles area schools that supported their students in joining the pro-illegal immigration protests--including providing busing and supervising the students! ("Free Rides for Student Protestors"):
"If this law passes, what will happen? There would be no more Los Angeles High School. Nearly all of us are immigrants," said Yadira Pech, a 16-year-old junior from Los Angeles High.
"We need to show that we have a voice," Pech said.
If this girl means that nearly all of them are illegal immigrants, then the U.S. Immigration bureau needs to get a team over to that neighborhood and start checking for visas and green cards. If she means that the school is full of legal immigrants, why would they care if the law passes?
Here's your best bet on how to report an illegal alien. And here are some of the sad stories of people with good hearts taken advantage of by illegal aliens.
I remember when the INS used to check for green cards and visas in the 1970s, before Ted Kennedy and the other "Lawmakers who love lawbreakers" lobbied for our informal immigration policy of benign neglect for illegal aliens crossing our borders and remaining at large in our land.
Here's the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service's "Overview of INS History" describing the development of various U.S. laws and movements in regard to our country's immigrants over time and up to the present. Overland migrants from Mexico and Canada were largely ignored and excluded from official oversight for most of our country's history, as it was immigrants from Europe and later from Eastern Europe and Asia who made up the bulk of the nation's immigrants. In the 20th century the world wars increased America's concern about its borders in general. Migrant worker programs were set in place to monitor Hispanics brought in to handle agricultural work while U.S. men went to war.
It was the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 that required employers for the first time to determine the citizenship status of employees they hired, and was the most comprehensive reform of U.S. immigration law since 1952. When President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation, he said about the new law:
It will remove the incentive for illegal immigration by eliminating the job opportunities which draw illegal aliens here. We have consistently supported a legalization program which is both generous to the alien and fair to the countless thousands of people throughout the world who seek legally to come to America. The legalization provisions in this act will go far to improve the lives of a class of individuals who now must hide in the shadows, without access to many of the benefits of a free and open society. Very soon many of these men and women will be able to step into the sunlight and, ultimately, if they choose, they may become Americans.
The new law granted "amnesty" for illegal aliens already in the U.S. Ironic, is it not, that we are hearing the same words and ideas all over again? Because the previous hopeful amnesty program failed when the laws prohibiting illegal immigration and illegal hiring of non-U.S. citizens were not enforced.
Here's another good site detailing "U.S. Immigration History" (Federation for American Immigration Reform).
The Heritage Foundation has a plan for an "immigrant guestworker" program. How is this different in substance from the 1986 program, and will it be any more successful in stemming our porous borders? The American people have reason to be suspicious and skeptical, based on past performance.
Personally, I love immigrants, and I welcome all legal immigrants to our country. They are the lifeblood of our nation, when they choose and want to come here as legal, contributing citizens who respect and buy into the American dream. All my own ancestors were immigrants, and I have helped teach English as a second language to immigrants. Without caring where they come from, I admire and respect their initiative, their sacrifices, their work ethic, their family values, and their gratitude for what our country can offer them.
And personally, I say to illegal immigrants: you are breaking our laws. Stay home and apply and wait your turn, as the other legal immigrants on our waiting lists who follow our laws are doing. Who are you, who think you deserve special consideration to cut in line before law-abiding immigrants?
To my legislators I say: get off your duffs and reform our immigration policies to make sure they are fair and impartial to all of those immigrants of all nations who want to come here. Make sure the process is streamlined and up-to-date (how about privatizing a lot of it, maybe??). Most importantly, SECURE OUR BORDERS NOW. All immigrants should be documented and accounted for, especially since 9/11. And while you are busy reforming immigration law, why don't you limit immigrants to those who are eager and willing to respect our laws, work hard, and to prove they wish to assimilate into U.S. culture, language, and values? We have to limit on some basis, so why not those characteristics, which will serve us--and them--best?
And to Vincente Fox, President of Mexico, I say: what are you doing to ensure our common border is secure and all migration across it both ways is monitored and documented? What are you doing to ensure that all immigrants crossing into the U.S. are legal? I know, don't laugh. But I believe President Bush should be asking President Fox that question publicly and privately, even if it is only a useless rhetorical query. Fox should be held accountable (if only in world public opinion) for his egregious dereliction to his own people and to our laws.